Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rescued Rabbit

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hoppin' through the backyard
Eating up the green grass
And jumpin' in the pool....

I happened to check the pool skimmer before heading work. Sure enough, there was a lizard in the basket. I dumped him out in the yard to play and went to return the basket. I was surprised to find a baby bunny (jackrabbit?) in the skimmer struggling to keep his head out of water. He seemed like he had been in there a while. I managed to get him out with the net but he was not moving much. He was breathing, his eyes were open and he was able to hold his head up - but he was worn out! I had to go to work and I left him in the shade with some food and water.

Rescued Rabbit

He was gone when I got home. Most, or even all of the food was still there. Since the scene wasn't too disturbed I'm assuming nothing had him for lunch and he just hopped on home!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Seven Hundredth Find

I found my 700th cache this evening! Getting closer and closer to the big 1-0-0-0...

tftc!

Tonight's cache was my first true night cache. I've found a cache at night before - but this one was specifically set up to do at night. It was one of the more common kinds of night caches. You are given the coordinates to a starting location. From there you shine your flashlight around and look for a reflective surface. Usually what they call a "fire tack" The ones we were hunting looked like this:

fire tack

Teeny tiny. About the size your fingernail. Surprisingly not too tough to find in the dark with a flash light because of their reflectiveness. We did have a little trouble finding the first one, but after that it was smooth sailing. After you find one, you go to it and look for the next one and so on... until you get to the final stage where the geocache is. This particular cache had 8 different spots we had to visit.

While we were looking around for the first tack, I almost stepped on this snake!

snake
Crotalus atrox, the "western diamondback rattlesnake"

I was about 2 feet from him when I saw him. He did not rattle, but seemed to "jump" too when he saw me - he coiled up a little tighter, but didn't seem to care to much. It was still around 100*F when we were getting started... so I'm sure he was still a little sluggish. This was my first snake sighting while out hiking.

We also stumbled apon a couple of these gigantic nasty guys... I wish I had some perspective in there. These things are so big and gross.

beetle
Derobrachus geminatus, the "Palo Verde beetle"

Aside from the snake, bugs and creepy eyes we saw reflecting back at us (mostly bunnies we decided), the night cache was pretty neat! A different experience than caching in the day light, thats for sure!

Have you ever found a "night cache"? Did you like it?
If you're not a geocacher.... have you ever been Snipe hunting?
I have. LoL

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tote

I'm a big fan of tote bags and almost always have one with me on the way to work. I've got a lot of crap to hold! Instead of buying another bag, I decided to make my own. Why not? I've been making everything else lately.

I went searching around online and found this simple tutorial. I changed a few things... like cutting on the fold so I wouldn't have a seam on the bottom of the bag, making it a little bit bigger and adding a couple of pockets on the inside. It turned out great!

I used decorator remnants from the fabric store for the outside of the bag. It's a little thicker and works better than regular fabric for a tote bag... better yet, it was only $4/yd. and I can get two out of it!

Hand-Made Tote

This bag is really simple and only took a couple of hours.... I see many more tote bags in my future....


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Book Review

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Something Borrowed
by Emily Giffin

Book Description:
The smash-hit debut novel for every woman who has ever had a complicated love-hate friendship. Rachel White is the consummate good girl.

A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.


ErikaJean's review:

3 of 5 stars

Read from June 13 to 18, 2011

Wow. This is a hard one for me. I liked the book, but I was pretty much disgusted with Rachel, the main character, the whole time.

Basically this story is about a girl learning to hold her own in the world. To stop allowing her best friend to walk all over her... But she does this by SLEEPING WITH HER BEST FRIENDS FIANCE. Even after that she still can't seem to grow a pair. Eventually she finds her balls and acts like a grown up.

Parts of this story ended as I predicted, while some parts didn't end up the way I wanted them to. Which leads me to the next book... "Something Blue" should I read it? In the end I think I will. The BOOK was good, a page turner that kept me wanting to read, it was just the main character I didn't care for. I think the next book is told from a different perspective though... Darcy's, the best friend.... thought she wasn't any better than Rachel.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tutu Cute



I made this three tiered tutu this week.... using no Tututorial, haha. I just kind of winged it, and I think it turned out pretty good! It's not perfect - and there are a few things I'd change for next time.... But it's still so cute!

Of course, I had to make matching shirts!

I Made it!I Made it!I Made it!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fifty-seven

Sorry it's a long post with a ton of pictures, bear with me

It was just a couple of months ago when I broke my record for most geocaches in a day. 42 caches seemed like a lot, and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to break that record... but I did on Saturday!

KennyV and I headed up to Globe, Arizona and then up Pinal Peak for our geocaching adventure. We spent 13 hours and 40 minutes covering 254miles. Along the way we picked up 57 caches and reach an altitude of 7840 ft.



Map

As with most geocaching adventures, we saw a lot of interesting things...

Ore Ore

Men Working

Tree Boulder Holder
Charred

... did some crazy things...

Climb
Photo by Just Hike

Jump

...And witnessed some amazing views!

Take in the View!
Click photo to view large!

View

About 2/3 of the way up the mountain Just Hike(@JustHike) and skraeling(@sbrews) caught up to us. It was nice to see some other cachers along the way. We took turns leading the way, and continued to cache our way to the top.

Eating Dust

Group ShotGroup Shot

Another great day of caching and another record broken!

How many finds have you gotten in one day??

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review - Sort Of.

The Girl Who Stopped SwimmingThe Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson

Couldn't force myself to read any farther. Blah Blah Blah the Laurel is REALLY worried about her daughters connection to the death that occurred.... and after 100 and some pages, that is as far as we have gotten.

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Happy Birthday

I was bored yesterday... and feeling a bit crafty. This is what I came up with:

Birthday Banner

My goal, when I was thinking of something to make... was to make something that I didn't need to BUY anything for. I don't have the extra money to be spending and the craft stash is overflowing a bit ;-)

I made this banner using fabric, ultra firm stabilizer, heatnbond, yarn, bias tape, acrylic paints, the sewing maching (zig-zag on the edges and straight stitch on the top) and a Crop-A-Dile (a tool I bought for a couple of dollars in a clearance bin - I didn't know what it did when I bought it, but I love this darn thing)

I didn't make this banner for any special occasion, but it will be nice to have to put up when someone around here celebrates!

Have you done anything crafty lately?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Aprons

I made my first couple of items using patterns! It was complicated, yet simple. I haven't really decided if I'm a fan of the process. I can't imagine having to do something and try to fit it to size. Luckily for me, aprons are for the most part one-size fits all.

I've been waiting to blog about these aprons because they were a wedding gift and they had to travel a bit in the mail... Another friend from high school is getting hitched! Congrats to the lovely couple by the way. the big day is right around the corner!

Now, lets get into these aprons shall we?

The first apron I chose was this Butterick 5474 pattern.


I wanted the apron to have more of a "vintage" feel. So I picked much better fabrics and altered the pockets a little. The original pockets = ruffle overload.

Here is the finished product:

Apron

The fabric is super cute. I absolutely love it, I hope the bride does too. The apples are a little nod to working a the Apple House together in high school.

Apples
Bad close up - sorry.

I thought about matching the groom's apron to his bride's apron, but every time I pictured it in my head - it turned out too girlie. So a special trip was made to the Hearts and Hands Quilt shop in Green Valley, AZ. There were all kinds of great fabrics to choose from, but I settled on the cheeseburgers. It doesn't match the other apron color wise - but the pattern and style work well for a manly apron and the cheeseburgers look delicious!

Cheesburger in Paradise

I matched the pockets with the main part of the apron so well that you can barely see them! I stuck a couple of white napkins in the pockets so you can see where they are in the picture.

The cheeseburger apron was the McCall's Uniform Essentials pattern (2233) with an eliminated odd top pocket.
I also included a small recipe box with blank recipe cards. I stuck in a few recipe postcards that related to the southwest... I got everything wrapped up and decided to make a couple bows while I had everything out.

DIY Bows

DIY Bows

The ribbon is as close to their wedding colors as I had in my stash of ribbon. I think the bows turned out pretty awesome. I just hope they lasted through the mailing process! The second bow has a little magnet stuck to the bottom so it can be ripped off the paper and stuck to the fridge. I wish I would have thought of that for the first one!

P.S. Thanks mom for teaching me how to place and cut out patterns... also for helping me with that gigantic ruffle on the bottom!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

World Wide Flash Mob

I participated in my first flash mob today! We didn't sing, dance or freeze in place... but we did have a 15 minute birthday party for someone that wasn't even there!

This flash mob was a geocaching flash mob. Here is a little explanation from the Flash Mob website:
Sonny and Sandy of the PodCacher podcast came up with the WWFM idea in 2007 after attending a mega-event. It was meant to be a fun “opposite” of a mega-event: all the cool aspects of a geocaching event, crammed into 15 minutes of excitement. An added dimension is represented by the letters "WW" - World Wide - these events occur across the planet on the same day at (mostly) the same time! These caching events are intended to bring geocachers together in a creative way, as well as introduce others (newbies) to the hobby.
Basically... All of us went to the park, played it cool and acted like we were there just to enjoy the park (I think we all failed miserably) Then at exactly 10am, all of us headed for the exact coordinates. We signed the log, chitchatted, took a group photo, sang happy birthday, had a raffle and then as quickly as it all started - it was over.

Flash Mob Group Photo
I'm in the orange hat behind the guy in the pink shirt.

It was a nice quick little event. I noticed a few people on their porches wondering what the heck was going on! Hehe.

Flash Mob!

There were a lot of car TB to discover too! More and more people seem to be getting them. I have one, but I generally only put it on my car when I'm geocaching or traveling - It's a magnet.

TBs

Travel Bugs!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Just a Little Plug for the Game I Love!

For those of you have been thinking about trying to geocache... what are you waiting for! Haven't you been reading about all the fun I've been having?! Better yet, what a great excuse to get out of the house! It's summer people, go enjoy it!

A geocaching membership is FREE. You can buy a premium membership, but my recommendation is to wait until you're hooked and able to understand the extras it comes with. I waited to buy a membership until I had 100 finds.

Even if you don't want to start caching this very moment... you should register for a free account and take a look at how many geocaches are near you. You will be amazed - I promise.

From June 1- 30, 2011, for each new member that is referred to Geocaching.com, Groundspeak will donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org - even if you sign up for a free account! The catch is though... you HAVE to fill out the "Referred by:" section. Oh, and by the way you should fill in that section with "ErikaJean"

If you don't have a GPS, you can use your smart phone! If you want a GPS, you can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 20 Magellan eXplorist GC GPS units, valued at $150 each!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Mile a Day - Challege Complete!

I did it! I walked an average of one mile a day in the month of May! It felt good to get out there on a somewhat regular basis.... walking is starting to become part of my routine. Now I know that I can get out an do this daily, I'm going to try to keep it up.

Date
Title
Distance (mi)
05/30/11
Mt. Lemmon
2
05/26/11
Too Little Loops
1.39
05/24/11
Around the Block
2.53
05/23/11
Street Walking
1.03
05/22/11
Crime Story Stroll
2.92

This [Last] Week [and Couple Days]
Total miles = 9.87
Average miles a day = .99

Over all (May)
Total miles - 39.92
Average Miles a day =1.29

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